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Creating a Unique Garden using Unusual Plants

Many landscapers may be somewhat wary of using “unusual plants” for their gardening needs. This could be due to the demand, or the fact that they appear to be too difficult for the clients to take care of later one. Though it’s good to tell your clients to look around their neighbourhood for inspiration, their gardens will hardly stand out of they have the same plants as everyone else.

The Advantages of Growing Unusual Plants

Having unusual plants in the garden can spark conversation. If you were to have a garden with box hedging and roses, it will surely look neat and tidy. If you want people to ask questions, however, you should really think about adding unusual plants that stand out from the rest. We are on the verge of losing plant diversity as too many people look for the same few varieties for their garden. Though they may appear fashionable, what good are they if every neighbour on your street has the same selection?

Buying Unusual Plants

If you want to find the most unique range of plants, it’s a good idea to visit a wholesale nursery and speak to an expert. Ladybrook Nursery can offer you plenty of advice regarding the unusual plants that could work well with your current landscaping project. Tell us about the garden you are working with, the plants your client has shown interest in and what you aim to achieve with your project ambition. Bring photos of the house and garden too so we can help you decide what plants will work best in the space available.

Taking a Leap of Faith

Once you have met with one of our experts, have faith in our advice! An issue with many unusual plants is that they may not appear to be anything special when bought in the pot, which is why many are becoming rarities. Some plants cannot be sold fully grown, which is why it is important you ask for advice, so you have a clear idea on how they will look later on.

Even your Clients can Take Care of Unusual Plants

Growing unusual plants does not mean buying something your clients have never heard of. You can find a selection of common species that are easy to care for once your job is done. Just be sure that whatever the unusual plant, it may be a good idea to offer your client some advice for taking care of it later on. Though it should be easy, it won’t be any good if they know nothing about the plant.

Knowing the Difference between an Unusual Plant and a Rare Plant

Just because a plant is unusual, does not mean that it is rare. A plant that is unusual may just not be so commonly planted in your area. This is more about thinking outside the box than it is about finding a hidden gem from the farthest of lands! As mentioned, talk to your local nursery for advice on the best unusual choices for your clients’ needs. If we choose to purchase and grow plants that are unusual, we will be less likely to lose plants that are useful to us. These uses include their wood, their medicinal properties, food and more.

What if the Unusual Plant Dies?

We have met with many landscaping experts who have stressed that they have killed “hundreds of plants”. It doesn’t matter how unusual or common the plant is. If it dies, it dies. Not every plant you are going to purchase will survive. Does it make you a terrible landscaper? Of course not, it just makes you a landscaper.

Talk to Ladybrook Nursery

The experts at Ladybrook Nursery can guide you round out 13 acres of plants and offer advice on what unusual plants could work best for your landscaping needs. To find out more about how we can help, get in touch. If you would like a good idea of what is available before speaking to us for advice, feel free to check out our stocklist.

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